BOISE, Idaho (2/12/13)--The Idaho Credit Union League Thursday offered its support for Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's position to form a state-based health insurance exchange.
"Credit unions believe that a state-based health exchange will be best for employers, and for their employees, resulting in more efficient administration, operation and lower costs," said Alan Cameron, league president.
The league advised Otter of its support at its annual Governmental Affairs Conference, held Thursday in Boise, where Otter spoke to participants about his long association with credit unions.
"I've always appreciated that credit unions have a local focus, and they're attuned to the needs of their members," Otter said. "It's my goal to advocate for Idaho citizens in the same way. That's why it's so important for Idaho to have a voice in designing and implementing a state-based health insurance exchange."
Under the Affordable Healthcare Act, states can choose to operate as a state-based exchange, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will establish and operate a federally facilitated exchange for the state.
In a federally-facilitated exchange, the state may pursue a state partnership exchange, in which it administers and operates exchange activities associated with plan management and/or consumer assistance. States that elect to participate in a state partnership exchange will administer these functions in both the individual and the small-group market.